You can claim JSA if you are:
- aged 18 or above (or 16 or 17 in certain cases)
- not in full-time education
- available for work and actively looking for work
- not working, or working less than 16 hours a week on average.
Contribution-based JSA is for people who have made enough national insurance contributions. You may not have made enough national insurance contributions if you made them while you were self-employed.